Northwestern Colorado still needs rain |

Northwestern Colorado still needs rain

Bear Steadman

The high mountain plains in Craig and surrounding areas are still thirsty for rain.

Still below the normal trend of 1.1 inches of precipitation, Northwest Colorado received .39 inches of rain so far in August, yet that is expected to increase during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Junction.

There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon with a high temperature of 90 degrees and a low of 50. Friday should be mostly sunny with a high of 89 degrees and a low of 51.

NWS Meteorologist Travis Booth said that Northwest Colorado can also expect a return in monsoon activity Labor Day weekend. This should provide widespread rain showers that will lead into early next week. Although the rain will be beneficial, there is a concern that lightning strikes may spark fires in the area.

This September, there is an increased probability of high temperatures rather than the normal trend of lower temperatures. The NWS said that there are “equal chances” for either above or lower precipitation levels in September but there are no clear signs to determine how much precipitation to expect. Furthermore, New Mexico and Arizona have a predicted above normal precipitation level next month; therefore there is a chance the weather will drift into Northwest Colorado.

“We desperately need the water. Without the rain wildlife suffers, and it really throws off the cycle. It affects everyone such as ranchers, farmers and even hunting. Life around here depends on water,” said Chris Muzik, owner of Spirit Pass.

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